'PrivateX' hackers target more gov't websites
MANILA, Philippines - Hackers who defaced the website of Vice President Jejomar Binay and at least 5 other sites have warned that they will attack more government websites.
Posts made in the past few days on the Facebook page of the PrivateX hackers' group mentioned several other government agencies.
"Expect us," said a December 29 message, with an attached article from the Department of of Social Welfare and Development.
The hacker group's founder, in an email to abs-cbnNEWS.com, said one of their members identified as "Blackrain" will answer questions about the hacking incidents soon.
The group's latest post on Monday made fun of the Department of Health by creating a page with an ASCII art showing a large nuclear explosion.
"Anonymous #OccupyPhilippines ProjectX PrivateX Philker," the message below the image said. "We are Anonymous, We are legion, We don't forgive, We don't forget."
Other government websites mentioned by the group in the page are those belonging to the Optical Media Board, the Philippine National Radiation Institute, the Senate Electoral Tribunal, the Commission on Appointments, the Philippine Racing Commission, and sites owned by the local governments of Libon, Camiguin, and Manaoag.
Some of the websites remained defaced Monday afternoon.
OVP admits website hacked
Meanwhile, the Office of the Vice President's (OVP) website has been fixed.
Joselito Salgado, head of the OVP's media affairs division, said the website has hacked by the PrivateX group around 4 p.m. on Sunday and was down for more than 15 hours.
He said the OVP's website is being hosted by the Advanced Science and Techology Institute (ASTI), an agency under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
"We have been informed that ASTI is looking into the incident and will put in place the needed safeguards," Salgado said.
"The OVP website provides information on the programs, projects and services of the Office of the Vice President. It also provides the public the opportunity to bring their concerns to the attention of VP Binay. Unfortunately, the hacking incident has deprived the public, particularly our Overseas Filipino Workers with a channel to communicate with the Vice President," he said.
PrivateX, in a statement, said it does not seek to taunt the OVP website's administrator "but to point out that transferring to a paid hosting doesn't mean that you are secured."
"We did not delete any file on the server but we created an index.html and redirected the index.php to index.html (Deface page)," they added.